Not too long ago, I read an article about how a woman took a trip that changed her life. I wish I had bookmarked the article, but I didn’t, so I unfortunately can’t share it with you. However, it got me to thinking… I’ve never taken a life changing trip, but I have taken one life-affirming trip, and I hope to take more.
As a teen, I had an opportunity to travel a little. I went to Germany because of my awesome uncle, and I went to Mexico on a school trip. But I didn’t really appreciate either trip back then, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t much of an adventurer growing up, and I didn’t explore as much as I would have if I had gone now.Maybe because I’ve grown up around antiques, and it was never really about the story for me as a kid. I respected them and liked them, but I never really appreciated them and wasn’t as interested in the stories as I would be now.
I have had that feeling in my gut, that awed, hushed, and creative feeling, a few times. Not life changing, but definitely inspiring. We went to an old cemetery in Pennsylvania one day. I wanted to go to a graveyard, so my husband took me. I also felt that way in Arlington National Cemetery.
The most life-affirming trip I’ve ever taken was when we went to Alaska last year. Seeing the glacier, that intense, unreal blue, was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done. Seeing the glacier calve was both a little sad, and also thrilling. Life goes on and renews. Glaciers fall into the ocean, and more snow falls forming more glaciers. What I saw fall could have been millions of years old, and it will still be there long after I’m gone.
There are a lot of places I want to go, but I’m not sure if any of them would be life changing. Part of me envies people who take off in their 20s and go backpacking in Europe. Part of me knows that’s just not me. Maybe I don’t have enough adventure in me for “life changing” travel. I guess I don’t really feel like I need something life changing. I like my life the way it is.
Have you ever taken a life changing or life affirming trip?